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Brian Backes (#47148484)
 member for 8 years, 2 months, 25 days
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Bio Photo I discovered Find A Grave while searching for the grave of my grandfather's brother. This simple little search sent me on a mission to search for my ancestors and get some of my family history on Find A Grave. Once I got hooked on genealogy, I decided I could help others by adding names to the site so that sent me onto my new "hobby" - photographing graves, and now I am totally addicted. I hope my work on Find A Grave will help others in their search or allow them to "visit" a loved one's grave.

Please do not send raw data such as census info or service records to be added to a bio. You can use that in your ancestry program but I think it is tacky on a memorial. I am always happy to add biographical information to the memorial.

I'm not one of those people who think they give a prize for managing the most memorials. If you have any connection to someone that I have created a memorial for, I will gladly transfer it, as long as they are not in my tree.

The Bismarck Tribune did a very nice article on my cemetery project a while back. Click Here to view the article.

In April 2016 they did another article. Click Here to view the article.

I have set up a Tribalpages family tree. Click on the link below to view it.

If I have taken a photograph of your ancestor's tombstone and it is of poor quality (shadows/overgrown with grass/hard to read/etc), please let me know and I will see what I can do about taking a better one. It is hard to take good photographs of all the markers when I am at a cemetery as the angle of the sun is often poor the stones don't photograph well.

If I have helped you in your search, please return the favor and "pay it forward" and do your part to help out someone else.
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Messages left for Brian Backes (820)[Leave Message]
Bill Norman
Elaine Bender Lahren
Hi Brian,
Thank you for taking and posting the photo of Elaine's headstone. Excellent photo. Nice work.
Added by Bill Norman on Sep 19, 2017 3:09 AM
Peggy Johnson Tolan
Dale Christopherson's headstone
Thank you so much for taking your time to take the photo of Dale Christopherson's headstone. He was a relative of my husband's and I like to document the family history. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
Added by Peggy Johnson Tolan on Sep 13, 2017 9:07 PM
Sharon Johnson Lawless
Dale Virgil Christopherson
Thank you for finding his headstone and posting a picture of it to Find A Grave.
Added by Sharon Johnson Lawless on Sep 13, 2017 7:07 AM
Ted Melina Raab
Use of photo
May I use your photo of Charles Erastus Markham's headstone (Find A Grave Memorial# 64879442) on my page for this man?

Thank you for your consideration, for the work you're doing and, most of all, for the generous spirit in which you do it.

Ted Melina Raab
Added by Ted Melina Raab on Sep 07, 2017 2:15 PM
Heide Becker
Andreas Schaedler
I've put in a correction to Mr. Schaedler's memorial. I didn't know he had two wives in addition to Margarethe Ruedi, however I do have him marrying Christina Borth in 1917. Margarethe's maiden name is spelled several ways; I use Ruedi and I've seen it also spelled Riede, as well as Reudi. Margarethe's first husband was Phillip Hartwig who died in 1915 in North Dakota.
Added by Heide Becker on Sep 06, 2017 8:49 PM
Jackie Winn Ross
Audrey Sayler
I almost made the mistake of putting the picture for Andreas in the spot for AUdrey Sayler, as when taking the picture I thought it was Audrey. So I agree with you...I think it is an error. Please Brian, don't bother going back to Underwood, as I have been there twice and if I didn't find them, and you didn't, I think that there are probably no stones. I did find a picture that I can now put on for a findagrave. that says no stone. It is quite nice and is an alternative for those with no stone and yet family is requesting one.
Added by Jackie Winn Ross on Sep 03, 2017 5:27 PM
Jackie Winn Ross
Knudtson's and other Underwood requests
Thanks Brian for taking the pictures at the Underwood cemetery. I know it took lots of time to locate my requests and I truly appreciate that you did it. Jackie
Added by Jackie Winn Ross on Sep 03, 2017 7:20 AM
Michael J. Petrie
Thanks for the Stebbins photo. Would you also add it to Memorial 182969721 ?

Added by Michael J. Petrie on Sep 03, 2017 4:57 AM
Agnes Meidinger
William Meidinger
Brain, many thanks for the nice picture of William & Christine Meidinger's Grave Marker I appreciate it very much.
Added by Agnes Meidinger on Aug 28, 2017 7:35 PM
Patricia Munder Thompson
Monica Sturn Glasser 2 entires
Thanks for all the work you have done to preserve our history. You are a blessing.

I am doing research on the Munder family which includes 2 of the Sturns as son-in-laws. Noticed there are two entries for the same person:
Monica Sturn # 112136518 with limited info and
Monica Sturn Glasser # 112136429. Both the DOB and DOD are the same and the cemetery is the same. Can you please combine them?
I did enter a link for Monica Sturn to her parents: #92642237 (Stephan Sturn) and #92642524 (Marian Zander Sturn) Hope these can be included in Monica Sturn Glasser entry...or would you like me to enter them?
Thanks again!!
Pat Munder Thompson
Added by Patricia Munder Thompson on Aug 10, 2017 8:53 PM
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